Royal Ascot is one of the greatest race meets in the world, and there is no race as historic or exciting during the meet than the Gold Cup (G1)! First run in 1807, it is one of the premier races for stayers in the world. The two-and-a-half-mile turf race offers a rich £500,000 purse, and it drew ten of the world’s best long-distance horses.
Six to Battle it Out in Withers Stakes
Four different stakes races are on offering Saturday from Aqueduct, highlighted by the $250,000 Grade III Withers, for three-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the dirt. Last year Revolutionary launched […]
Four different stakes races are on offering Saturday from Aqueduct, highlighted by the $250,000 Grade III Withers, for three-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the dirt. Last year Revolutionary launched his Kentucky Derby bid with a win in the Withers, followed by another in the Louisiana Derby. That got him into the starting gate at Churchill, and he ultimately wound up third in the Run for the Roses. Obviously, the connections of the six horses entered in the Withers are hoping to follow Revolutionary’s path to the Derby.
Samraat undefeated in career so far
First choice in the morning line for the Withers is New York-bred Samraat, listed at 7-5. A son of Noble Causeway, Samraat is 3-for-3 in his career, and scored a huge win last time out, taking the one mile Damon Runyon Stakes at Aqueduct by more than 16 lengths. A close second choice at 9-5 is the other NY-bred in the race, Uncle Sigh. Uncle Sigh has only raced twice, breaking his maiden second try when he won at Aqueduct by more than 14 lengths. Also a mile race, the winning time of 1:42.92 was more than a full second faster than Samraat ran the Damon Runyon.
Classic Giacnroll makes third stakes start
Listed as ML third choice at 5-1 is Classic Giacnroll, who has two wins I six lifetime starts and recent stakes experience, having finished third two starts back in the Marylander Stakes, and second earlier this month in the Grade II Jerome, where he came form off the pace after being pushed four wide around the first turn. He finished that one ahead of Scotland who is 8-1 here. Of the double-digit long shots, Penn-bred Honorable Judge (15-1) was soundly beaten in the Grade III Iroquois Stakes at Churchill, but otherwise has two wins in three career starts.
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes is one of the most important races of the Royal Ascot meeting! With a £1 million purse, the race is one of the richest of the entire week, and it also offers its winner a guaranteed berth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
The 2022 Belmont Stakes, which will be run on Saturday, June 11, drew an exciting field of eight to compete for $1.5 million and a place in horse racing immortality. Several familiar New York horses will line up for the race, including Wood Memorial (G2) winner Mo Donegal and Peter Pan (G3) winner We the People.
The best horses in the older dirt male division line up for the $3 million Pegasus World Cup on Saturday, January 29 at Gulfstream Park! The race is at a mile and an eighth on the main track, an intermediate distance that draws both Classic runners and milers alike. Nine horses have passed the entry box, and are ready for a thrilling renewal of the winter’s biggest race!